By now, you’ve probably heard about the enormous celestial event occurring this month: a total solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is, simply put, when the moon acts as a better door than a window, coming between the sun and Earth and casting a shadow somewhere on the earth’s surface. Whereas a partial eclipse happens at least twice a year somewhere on the planet, a total solar eclipse has not occurred since 1979; and the same places on Earth will not see a completely-eclipsed sun for another 375 years! On August 21, cities across the continental US will get their chance for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Continue reading Blue Light & Its Role in the Solar Eclipse
- A fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable.
- Something that is impressive or extraordinary.
There are some people who will go their whole lives without witnessing an astronomical phenomenon. A few examples of these rare happenstances are Halley’s comet, planetary alignments, and the Venus Transition, the moment when Venus comes between Earth and the sun and is visible as a small black disc. All these occurrences are once-in-a-lifetime chances, recurring every 75 to 110 years or more. But this year, on August 21st, there will be an extraordinary phenomena for us all to witness.
While this incident is monumental, few observers will know about and use the proper equipment and eye wear to watch the proceedings. Continue reading Solar Eclipse 2017 & What to Tell Your Patients
When running a practice, there are a lot of moving parts to consider. Beyond the doctors, staff, and patients, there are multiple product offers to think about throughout the daily grind. New additions can help progress the practice, but they must be chosen carefully as to not disrupt the current flow. Natural eye care has become a popular addition to many optometric practices, as it joins in the recent societal trend of health and wellness. Jasmine Nguyen, OD, found out how quickly this kind of addition can make an impact on routine practice. Continue reading Offering Occasional Dry Eye Relief Can Innovate Your Practice
In recent years, health and wellness has been a growing trend in society. People are generally trying to live healthier lives, and that leaves an opportunity for optometry. Scott Huffer, OD, FAAO, believes he has a way to capitalize on this opportunity: eye health nutraceuticals. Continue reading Newest Health & Wellness Trend: In-Practice Nutraceuticals
In a device-heavy society that emphasizes staying connected at all times, it can be difficult to turn it down a notch. When your mind is continuously connected to smartphones, tablets, etc., shutting down to go to sleep can be a challenge. But calming the mind isn’t the only thing that can keep you and your patients from sleeping.
Summer’s in full force. It’s hot, humid, and full of fun. But it’s also full of potential dangers that few people take the time to understand. Continue reading Nutrition & Apparel: A United Front in Protecting Eye Health
June is Fireworks Eye Safety Month, and with 4th of July just a few days away, stressing safety to patients is imperative. Fireworks have been linked to more than 9,000 injuries a year, so reminding them that fireworks are not toys can help prevent serious eye injuries. But even with caution advised, it is even more important to keep an eye on your patients’ changing eye health. Continue reading How Supplementation Can Help Patients Enjoy Summer
It’s no secret that with every day, society is getting older. It doesn’t matter if you’re 2 days old or 99 years old, with every minute that passes, we’re aging. In fact, statistics show that in the United States, the aging population is set to grow within the next few years. In the last decade alone, the number of people above the age of 65 has steadily risen, increasing by at least 3,000 people each year. Along with age comes a host of health concerns, and these include age-related eye health issues. Continue reading A Holistic Approach to Proactive Eye Care
No matter how successful a practice is, it seems that all optometrists experience the same issue when it comes to routine annual eye exams: patients rarely schedule them. Maybe they feel as though their eye health was just fine last year or they might have received glasses or contacts and believe they are good for the next few years. Either way, patients are just not scheduling and keeping their annual eye exams, and eye doctors feel the strain of constant patient retention. Continue reading The Struggle of Decades: Patient Retention
Diabetes is a devastating disease that affects nearly 10% of the overall population. Of that group, nearly 30% are undiagnosed, meaning they are living with the destructive condition and do not know the damage it is causing. The number of diagnosed cases of diabetes has steadily risen over the last decade, and the number of both type 1 and type 2 found in young people has increased significantly between 2002 and 2012 according to a recent study. With diabetic retinopathy being the leading cause of new blindness, it is necessary for eye care professionals to initiate the diabetes conversation with their patients. Continue reading Leading the Dialogue About Diabetes in Your Practice